Work in Development
FEBRUARY - New Commission
In 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a Valentine’s Day storm. All eighty-four men aboard died. February is the story of Helen O’Mara, one of those left behind when her husband, Cal, drowns on the rig. It begins in the present-day, more than twenty-five years later, but spirals back again and again to the “February” that persists in Helen’s mind and heart. A story which takes a pivotal moment of devastation and focuses not on the moment itself but on all the moments that surround it; the ones that come before, after, and are altered by it.
February will have a World Premiere in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador in November 2023.
Laura Kaminsky is an American composer with “an ear for the new and interesting” (The New York Times).
She frequently addresses social and political issues in her work with a distinct musical language that is “full of fire as well as ice, contrasting dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection” (American Record Guide).
With works performed around the world, Kaminsky is cited as “one of the top 35 female composers in classical music” (The Washington Post).